Photo credit: Patrick McDermott
With 1:17 to go in the second period of Thursday’s win, Alex Semin gathered the puck at his customary spot along the side boards and looked to create some offense on the Capitals’ third power play of the night. As the Bruins defense sagged, Sasha skated in to the left dot and unleashed a 71 MPH wrist shot past Tim Thomas. Scoar!
Video of the game-winning tally is below, as well as a goal celebration that doesn’t involve any belly patting whatsoever.
What happened next is up to interpretation.
Verizon Center went wild, and the guys on ice seemed pretty happy too. Alex Ovechkin didn’t settle for the customary hug or a celebratory tackle. Instead, he (allegedly) gave Sasha a little peck on the cheek. Tovarisch!
We’re not exactly 100% sure about this, so we sent video to the war room in Toronto. We’ll let you know when we get confirmation.
Additional reporting by Ana Hansen.